Cristiano Ronaldo reaches milestone but says Champions League tie remains open
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 16, 2017,
Apr 16, 2017, 3:51
"That is how ambitious he is".
Ronaldo, the four-time world player of the year, volleyed Real level at the Allianz Arena early in the second half, then reached his milestone by slotting home the victor 13 minutes from time in the first leg. Luis Enrique's men are also in action on Saturday with a home match against Real Sociedad. He said he found it hard to believe they could stage another remarkable comeback in the second leg as they did against Paris St Germain in the previous round.
Real took control after Martinez's dismissal and could have extended its lead when captain Sergio Ramos headed into the net in stoppage time, only for the effort to be ruled out for offside.
"We don't have a big chance, but we still have a chance - we're still alive", said Ancelotti.
However, the Argentine is unlikely to have many more opportunities to add to that tally this season after Barcelona were thrashed 3-0 by Juventus in the first leg of their quarter-final tie on Tuesday.
In the 56th minute, Carvajal got away down the right and sent a ball into the six-yard box, which Gareth Bale met with a bullet header, but Neuer made a superb reaction save over the crossbar.
Bayern should have doubled the lead before the break but Arturo Vidal was unable to convert a handball penalty in the dying minutes of the first half. Despite going behind in the first half we came back in the second half.
The goals were the 99th and 100th by Ronaldo in European club competition, giving him the milestone almost seven months after he had scored his last Champions League goal in a 2-2 group-stage draw at Borussia Dortmund.
"We would have preferred to have scored another goal", Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane told French TV.
Zidane said: "Bale will not be with us against Sporting, that much is clear, and going forward, then we will see". I'm over the moon and so happy. It is closing in on Bayern's European record of 61 consecutive games with at least a goal, from March 2013 to April 2014. "We have enough self belief, we have the quality and passion to win in Madrid".
The La Liga match between Sporting Gijon and Real Madrid will be broadcast live on BeIN Sports. "We were against a goalkeeper who is a wall", Zidane was quoted by Eurosport.
However, Bayern chairman Rummenigge has given fans fresh hope of turning the tie around after revealing Lewandowski will be fit for the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Madrid, which has a game in hand, will host Barcelona next round in a "clasico" match that will go a long way to determining the league champion.